It takes a special talent and an indelible presence for a young actress to attract attention while having as female co-stars veterans Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn. And in the recently aired USA miniseries "Political Animals," Brittany Ishibashi did just that.
Brittany Ishibashi has mostly played one-shot roles on other television series, along with a regular role on the short-lived supernatural drama "Ghostfacers." But she virtually stole the show in "Political Animals," a drama about an ambitious American ex-First Lady turned Secretary of State and her family. Ms. Ishibashi played Anne Ogami, the Japanese-American fiancée of Secretary of State Elaine Barrish's son Douglas Hammond. To give you an idea of just how much these United States have changed, the interracial angle of the engagement subplot was rarely played up.
As groundbreaking as that was for basic cable television, it may also have a groundbreaking effect on Ms. Ishibashi's own career.
Fun fact: Her last name, a common surname in Japan, is Japanese for "stone bridge."